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Bird's Nest Fern

Asplenium nidus

Also known as

Hawai'I Birdnest Fern, Nest Fern, Bird's Nest Fern

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








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Bird's Nest Fern Overview

Asplenium nidus is an evergreen perennial fern from the spleenwort family of ferns, Aspleniaceae. Commonly known by the names Bird's Nest Fern and Hawai'I Birdnest Fern. This plant produces undivided, lance-shaped fronds with slightly wavy edges which form a distinctive shuttlecock-like effect, arranged in a rosette. They create a really striking silhouette and grow up to 1.5 m in height. It makes a great houseplant, growing well indoors. The fronds of this Asplenium are light lime green, maturing to a deeper, richer green. Commonly cultivated, it has given rise to many cultivars such as 'Crispy Wave'. Grow indoors in a mix of equal parts loam, coarse leaf mould or peat substitute, and charcoal in bright filtered light. Remove dead or damaged fronds as needed. Mist regularly. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Bird's Nest Fern

How to harvest Bird's Nest Fern

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Bird's Nest Fern




Propagation is by spores or bulbs, if produced late in the summer.

Special features of Bird's Nest Fern

Pot plant

Can be used in a mixed indoor arrangement, where it will add structural interest to plants with a much softer leaf shape.

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Other uses of Bird's Nest Fern

Shade, ornamental, container, foliage, indoors, greenhouse

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